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Alexander HamiltonThomas Jefferson John Adams James Madison with whom he exerted his uick tempered hot headedness verbal tongue Politically Incorrect lashing character assassinations and nasty mudslinging uite a familiar political climate at present no His most incomprehensible act in a manner of speaking an unintentional suicide was agreeing to a duel with his political arch enemy Aaron Burr even after the death of his son by the same means In these times this example of hatred is very potent and thought provoking that even the most intelligent in a crowd would stoop to resolve their differences in the most destructive senseless fatalistic manner by point blank pulling the trigger For a talented visionary as Hamilton who helpeday the groundwork for a country in which freedom justice harmony and euality among its citizens are paved the manner of his death seemed very shortsighted Further by that same sort of shortsightedness base animosity and violence would the country that this founding father helped birth come to the same demiseWhat would our Founding Father think of US now Integrity Va I heal all wounds but those which Beyond Varallan love hath made Inscription on an envelope to Eliza Hamilton from her husband Alexander I have read many political biographies in my 41 years but few better Chernow is able to walk that narrow tricky trail between scholarship and narrative storytelling without tripping over hagiography He presents theargeness and improbableness of Alexander Hamilton without eaving out Hamilton s excesses and flights of paranoia and inflexibility I think Chernow gets it right that If Washington was the father of the country and Madison the father of the Constitution then Alexander Hamilton was surely the father of the American government He was a man who was inf I have now read the Hamiltome I know that s what people call the book Lin Manuel Miranda wrote about the musical but seriously this thing could stop bullets I wouldn t have picked this book up if it weren t for the musical and it wasn t exactly ight reading but I m glad that I did Before I did I was kinda sure that Hamilton was the guy who was shot by Aaron Burr and pretty sure he d never been president and if I thought for a second I d remember that he was on the 10 bill Now I know so much Like that he founded the Coast Guard and the first national bank That he wrote most of Washington s speeches as president and dispatches during the war I know how influential he was to politics to industry and banking and to the aw And he did it all by the time he was killed at 49 by Aaron Burr who frankly was an asshole Anybody who writes detailed etters about his sexual conuests to his own daughter is an asshole And that s not all he didThis was an excellent and exhaustingly thorough biography I didn t give it five stars because well it s not exactly Dona Flor light reading I wouldn t pick it up again and I will recommend it to hardcore history buffs and not necessarily your average reader But it shed aot of ight on the early days of our country it gave me a new appreciation for Hamilton Washington and others And a healthy dislike of Jefferson as well as John Adams who I swear to Odin had to have been bipolar I have no regrets about reading it am in fact very glad that I read it It did make me yearn for a book all about Eliza Hamilton though Honestly a book just about Alexander and Eliza s family ife would be fascinating but impossible since she really did burn all her etters And musical fans Yes Lin Manuel has taken iberties with storyline and whatnot And that s okay If you really want to know the truth here s the book for you If you d rather sit back and enjoy a cabinet battle all in rap you know where to goAll hail the self starter the ten dollar Founding Father HAMILTON If they break this Union they will break my heartAlexander Hamilton If Anybody Had Told Me A Year Ago That I Would had told me a year ago that I would delving into an 800 page biography on arguably America s Sono with Visits from the Seventh least known Founding Father first Secretary of the Treasury and he of ten dollar bill fame I would have said they were crazy Butike so many people who will read this book in the coming years it all started with a mad Remarkable Creatures love affair for the Broadway musical It siterally all I ve been able to think about or isten to since April It s consumed my waking hours in the oddest most unpredictable joyous of ways Having now read Chernow s impressive meticulously researched book I am no onger surprised how it was able to inspire Lin Manuel Miranda to write his extraordinary beautiful emotional smart searing perfect musical and that s all I m going to say about the musical because I really want this review to focus on Chernow s accomplishment and his fascinating subject Alexander Hamilton One of the things that really jumped out at me while reading this is how easily Hamilton s remarkable Heroes Adrift (Hero, life and stupendous achievements could have been erased andost to history for good He had many enemies many people who wanted to re write history minimizing his role in it and deny his many staggering contributions Hamilton died relatively young as well just 49 way younger than many of the other Founding Fathers who outlived him by decades except George Washington of course When you don t survive to Chuck and Danielle live and tell your story you are really at the mercy of others Remember thisine from Braveheart History is written by those who have hanged heroes Was Alexander Hamilton a hero I think by most definitions he most certainly was Flawed for sure but nevertheless an extremely intelligent man with confounding reserves of energy and ambition and a deep abiding inner moral compass of what was ethical and right He also possessed an unsurpassed formidable ability to synthesize Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old large complicated ideas into accessible tracts and tangible plans to build meaningful andasting governments and institutions And oh yeah he also wielded his pen in a terrible and mighty way that would have made Shakespeare uiver in his breeches

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mountains of and fiercely written Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs letters and pamphlets and essaysI also have to believe Hamilton was truly a good man because two very intelligent women remarkable in their own rights his wife Eliza and his sister inaw Angelica Church Gray Bishop loved him beyond measure and sang his praises for aifetime How do you avoid getting written out of history by those who have hanged hero. Interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far human than we’ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his oving marriage to his oyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to ook back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as America. Was present at turning points in the early years of the United States than Alexander Hamilton He was a rarity among men an outstanding thinker as well as excellent government visionary and executive Ron Chernow puts forth that Hamilton was the foremost political figure in American history who never attained the presidency yet he probably had a deeper and Liar lasting impact than many who didHamilton was born in the West Indies and spent his childhood there and on St Croix Though Hamilton never returned to the Caribbean and rarely spoke of his upbringing Chernow emphasizes how much he was haunted by the scenes of his youth especially the viciousness of slave society and theanguid morals of the islandsDespite a childhood that would make Oliver Twists s Noir lookike a picture of happiness Hamilton found a way to rise and prosper In 1772 or early 1773 he sailed away from St Croix and into American historyThe book s focus is Hamilton s political Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are life especially his role in establishing a national government As a political thinker his greatest achievement was The Federalist Papers written in defense of the proposed ConstitutionChernow balances his appraisal of Hamilton by showing his shortcomings as well Chernow makes clear Hamiltonacked self restraint He often made and kept mortal enemies Chernow brilliantly observes that Hamilton was at his best when under George Washington s authority and watchful eye Washington was the father Hamilton had been deprived of in Gaffer lifeChernow concludes with the steps and missteps of Hamilton sater Circumstantial Evidence life down to the heartbreaking scene of his eldest son s death in a duel in defense of his father s honor and finally to Hamilton s own death at Vice President Burr s hands in their duel at Weehawken New Jersey in 1804With Chernow s biography Hamilton has been vindicated and his reputation restored It is Chernow s biography that served as the inspiration for Lin Manuel Miranda s Hamilton Together Chernow and Miranda have made Hamilton the hero of the founding fathers as he should be I alsoove how much attention Chernow paid to Eliza Hamilton who outlived her husband 50 years She impressed on her family a singular duty Justice shall be done to the memory of my Hamilton With this breathtaking biography Eliza Hamilton s prophecy has been fulfilled 455 stars How does a bastard orphan son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgottenspot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished in sualor grow up to be a hero and a scholar The ten dollar founding father without a father got a Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers lot further by working aot harder by being a ot smarter by being a self starter by fourteen they placed him in charge of a trading charter And ev ry day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away across the waves he struggled and kept his guard up Inside he was onging for something to be a part of the brother was ready to beg steal borrow or barter Then a hurricane came and devastation reigned our man saw his future drip dripping down the drain put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain and he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain Well the word got around they said This kid is insane man Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland Get your education don t forget from whence you came and the world is gonna know your name What s your name man Alexander Hamilton My name is Alexander HamiltonFrom Hamilton the musical by Manuel Miranda Eleven Tony wins to Linfor a brilliant broadway Manuel Miranda Eleven Tony to Linfor a brilliant broadway inspired by this bio from author Ron Cherno From bastardy and povertya man of many flaws still a visionarygenius and maker of A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping lawsDriven by ambition a financial wiz of a fledgling nation controversial tragic sadly ironic American iconAlexander Hamilton ButseriouslyHamilton s monument at Trinity Churchyard in New York City The Patriot of incorruptible IntegrityThe Soldier of approved ValourThe Statesman of consummate Wisdom Whose Talents and Virtues will be admired Long after this Marble shall have mouldered into DustPulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow s sprawling weighty biography was first published in 2004 and seems to be enjoying a much deserved popularity resurgence basking in theimelight of Lin Manuel Miranda s smashing 11 Tony Award winning broadway musical inspired by its subject Chernow s biographical treatment might be considered the most extensively researched to date of the ife of Alexander Hamilton nevertheless it may be found slightly biased as the reader will note even if his patience wanes and skimming parts becomes the only alternative to fleshing out the pertinent bits in this ifetimeHamilton s story in contemporary terms as Miranda has implied in his musical is the immigrant story where dreams come true Illegitimate orphaned and impoverished he never Summer Meditations looked at his personal misfortunes as roadblocks to his future Instead his hard work intelligence and drive to improve his circumstances got him noticed by benefactors who sent him to the USThough a rebel at heart he had a profound dread that popular sentiment would boil over into dangerous excess and even amid an insurrection that he supported he fretted about the damage to constituted authority and worried about mob rule Hamilton served in the American Revolution and became aide de camp to George Washington who unreservedly had faith in him despite many who by nature distrusted foreigners doubted his honesty andoyalty and thought him a spy for the BritishTruly a visionary where other minds groped in the fog of war Hamilton seemed to perceive everything in a sudden flash He exerted his brilliance in drafting plans for a new American government while war was still raging on and as Washington was selected as the first president Hamilton became his Secretary of the Treasury founding a central bank a funded debt a mint saw America as a great manufacturing nation and God Said, Ha!: A Memoir laid the foundation for bothiberal democracy and capitalism Amid his genius capabilities however Hamilton showed bewildering foolhardiness among the most notorious was a scandalous affair to which he confessed in a 90page etter published it en masse and distributed it to the public Hard to imagine that this blatant act of marital suicide didn t actually end that wayHamilton had his share of ideological opponents who in turn had no great ove for him among them. Ica is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time “To repudiate his On the Right Side of a Dream legacy” Chernow writes “is in many ways to repudiate the modern world” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulentife an illegitimate argely self taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to take America by storm rising to become George Washington’s aide de camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York eading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United StatesHistorians have Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whoseegendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self. The world was wide enough for Hamilton and me BurrThis book is utterly exhaustive in its scope Dry and dull in a few places exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others This feels Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq like aife done justice although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza started and her son finished after she was gone I Michelin Green Guide Normandy loved the framing with Eliza in the prologue and epilogue Loved piecing together where the book and musical metoved the bits where they diverged Loved stumbling upon the actual historical ines from etters and writings that made it into the musical s brilliant score Shout out to Scott Brick for bringing this book to ife for my ears the way few couldI am so tired It is so Like a ot of people I ve been istening to the Hamilton musical album non stop and read this because it was the source of Lin Manuel Miranda s inspiration to create the brilliant Broadway show The idea that a dense biography of an American Founding Father who was probably best known to the general public as the guy on the the ten dollar bill and the subject of a pretty funny Got Milk commercial would someday ead to the creation of a Alexander Hamilton The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father I have never seen the musical before but a few Goodreads friends whose rev It had a What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World lotess hip hop than I was expecting but I still really I Got a New Friend liked it I ve been wracking my brainsiterally for months trying to figure out who I can compare Alexander Hamilton to on the modern politocelebrity scene or to whom I can compare him if you douchey grammar wonks preferThere are two reasons that process has taken months 1 I m currently operating with the mental processing power of an old Radio Shack TRS 80 on the plus side I guess that means I can run awesome software The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and 2 Alexander Hamilton was one uniue son of a ScottishairdPut Kanye West Noam Chomsky Donald Trump and Steve Martin into a blender and what do you getWell probably a pretty disgusting slurry of Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life liuefied body parts Let me rephrase put the personalities intellects and uirkiest components not to mention the thin skin in some cases of Kanye Noam Chomsky Donald Trump and Steve Martin into a personality intellect and uirk blending processor and what do you get Something that comes outooking but hopefully not smelling given that gents of that vintage probably didn t smell so fresh after a hot summer day traipsing about in heavy unwashed woolen garments a ittle bit ike Alexander Hamilton I d be willing to wager that s the first time anyone anywhere ever has used both Noam Chomsky and Donald Trump as a comparison for an individual that s how singular Hamilton was And how much of a trailblazer I amSmarter people than I have written at great ength about this book and its subject so I shan t prattle on for pages and pages Suffice it to say Alexander Hamilton is as influential a person as there is when it comes to shaping US political history and the institutions that affect our ives every single day and he was perhaps even uniue than he was influential Sure this book could replace the candlestick in the game of Clue just as easily as it can be an educational tool It was Colonel Mustard in the Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band library with his copy of Hamilton that bludgeoned poor Professor Plum to death But there are few biographies of recent vintage that can match the immense scope mind bogglingevel of detail and compulsive readability of this one If you re a history buff in any way or just want to see what all the Broadway hubbub is about you The Meaning of Star Trek ll want to give this book a whirlA couple of words of warning however first if you re a Thomas Jefferson acolyte you might want to brace yourself Mr Chernow does not treat our country s second Vice President andifelong Hamilton rival kindly styling him a scheming Francophile bon vivant of the most pernicious kind though really if you re going to be a scheming bon vivant you might as be of the most pernicious kind otherwise you re just half assing it and vivant you might as well of the most pernicious kind otherwise you re just half assing it and I believe anything it s that anything worth doing is worth whole assing Second if ever a man was on another man s metaphorical nuts it is Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton s There are a few instances in which Mr Chernow attempts to maintain a fa ade or at Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt least a veneer do we think a veneer is thinner than a fa ade of scholarly distance and objectivity but by andarge his Hamiltonian hard on is of such obvious and epic proportions that I m told the Washington Monument has expressed concerns to the Mayor of Washington DC that when Chernow visits our nation s capital he s in violation of the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 The Mayor has thus far refused comment though a source indicates that he has at the very east asked that Mr Chernow not wear sweat pants when he visits source indicates that he has at the very east asked that Mr Chernow not wear sweat pants when he visits District and has asked him to and I uote try to tuck it into his belt We Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World ll call this a strong 45 stars Hamilton was not the master builder of the Constitution theaurels surely go to James Madison He was however its foremost interpreter starting with The Federalist and continuing with his Treasury tenure when he had to expound constitutional doctrines to accomplish his goals He ived in theory and practice every syllable of the Constitution For that reason historian Clinton Rossiter insisted that Hamilton s works and words have been conseuential than those of any other American in shaping the Constitution under which we ive Alexander Hamilton Ron ChernowI figured it was now or never to read Ron Chernow s Alexander Hamilton I have tickets to see HAMILTON in October I want to be up to speed when I see it Coming in at 818 pages I thought I d need to allot six weeks for this monster I was wrong This book flew by I finished it in Dump Truck Trouble/Lets Build a Doghouse! less than two weeks I had joked with a friend that 2019 would be my year of big books Little did I know how prophetic that remark would beWhat amazed me most about Alexander Hamilton was Chernow s writing style This did not read as a dry dusty political biography Instead I was swept up in the character of Hamilton and the events and people that took place not only in America s early history but in the world of Hamilton s youth This was one exciting read a real pot boiler Time to stop gushing and start writing a proper reviewOther than George Washington no other Americaneader. An alternate cover edition can be found herePulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow presents a Sometime After Midnight landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nationIn the first fullength biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full ength portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all”Few figures in American history have been hotly debated or grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s Amer. ,